Floodlight failure at The Gabba has forced the match between Sydney Thunder and the Brisbane Heat to be abandoned and no result declared.
Thunder appeared to be in control when play was delayed. A maiden BBL century by Shane Watson helped power Thunder to a strong total of 4-186 before Chris Jordan kick started the defence with the key wicket of Brendon McCullum (0) in the opening over. Chasing a big total, this put pressure on fellow Bash Brother Chris Lynn (4) who was dismissed in similar fashion just two overs later, leaving the Heat at 2-10 after three overs. At this point play was suspended.
Believing there was sufficient light in the middle and on the boundary to continue play safely, Thunder offered to bowl only spinners so the match could continue to the minimum five overs required for a result.
"We’ve said in good faith we’ll bowl only our spinners, we think it’s safe enough to play. Brisbane had to agree to it and they’ve said no. We just want a game of cricket," said Head Coach Shane Bond during the delay.
Unfortunately the light could not be recovered in time and the match was abandoned. No result was recorded and the two points were split between the two sides.
“It’s enormously disappointing. We felt like we dominated the fixture for 23 overs and then the lights go out, it’s a pretty frustrating situation,” said batter Callum Ferguson after the match.
Jono Cook came back into the Thunder side for Jason Sangha who is in Hobart with the CA XI squad. The Heat also made one change to their line up with Jack Prestwidge replacing Matt Renshaw who is also with the CA XI squad.
Sydney Thunder: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Jono Cook, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Chris Green, Chris Jordan, Jay Lenton, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu
Brisbane Heat: Chris Lynn (c), Max Bryant, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Josh Lalor, Brendon McCullum, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Alex Ross, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
PERFORMER OF THE MATCH
Shane Watson backed up his player of the match performance against the Adelaide Strikers on Sunday afternoon with a brilliant century from just 61 deliveries, including eight fours and six sixes.
Thunder take on the Melbourne Renegades at Spotless Stadium on Tuesday 22 January (7:15pm start).
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